Outrageous Cherry

Album Title: Our Love Will Change The World
Release Date: February 8, 2005
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Genre: Rock
Outrageous Cherry call this, their seventh full-length, their most political album. While that may be the case, it's not apparent on first listen, and OC certainly don't do the "socially aware album" in the traditional way. This is because they do it their way, and the Outrageous Cherry way is a very good way, believe you me. See, it's hard to pick up on any serious issues mulled over on "Our Love Will Change The World", because the album is so fun to listen to that all energy is spent bopping the head, and not using it.

The title track is the stand-out of the album; Beatlesque in more than just title, "Our Love Will Change The World" has all the Fab Four pop sensibilities that every single band in the whole entire world, the whole entire universe even, strive to capture. It's instantly hummable (or singable, if one finds themselves alone) and it begs five-fingered/toed appendages to give the tabletop/the floor, a good smacking.

Much of the general awesomeness of Outrageous Cherry can be traced back to one person: Detroit music fixture Matthew Smith, the equivalent of an American Carl Newman. The man has his hand in every honey pot, not least of all in OC where he plays the role of lead vocalist, primary songwriter, guitarist, and producer. He also plays the keys. And the trumpet. Jack White may be the Detroiter of the moment, but Matthew Smith is the Detroiter of this decade and last. Listen to him.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt


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